Pet-Shui

Pets are an amazing addition to your feng shui! Holistic pet care, wellness, great pet accessories and the best advice from experts on raising healthy pets can help your furry and feathered and finned-friends to thrive!

rescue dog

This little guy almost got killed at a shelter.  Apparently he tried to bite people… because he was dirty, traumatized and terrified.

He looked like this:

dog for adoption

My friend Beth and I started a crazy campaign of calls and emails and Facebook messages to the shelter. There were email chains, begging and pleading, no answers to phone calls…  All was to no avail— you have to be an animal rescue in order to take dogs out of a shelter with “temperment” issues.

So… we flipped out and called and emailed more. We messaged. Investigated.  Left our phone numbers on threads about saving him.

A miracle happened.

He was rescued by an official Animal Rescue and is up for adoption!!!

Five things to know that can save lots of dog and cat lives: 

1. Spay and neuter your animals.

2. Donate your time and donate money if you can to animal rescues that pull animals out of their untimely death in shelters that kill.  I hate to say it, but my view is that angry animals like this are a product of their neglectful, angry owners.  This little guy is perfectly fine now, within days, surrounded by love!

3. Follow social media that takes action to save these dogs and cats on “death row” for no reason. Share images.  You can help find homes for pets that need love as much as their prospective owners need them!  HERE is a good place to start!

4. Lobby against shelters that kill animals. The No-Kill Advocacy Center is a great organization! 

5.  Foster and adopt pets!!!!

And now… we need to track this guy down and see which one of us is adopting him if he hasn’t found a new home already!

We are all capable of saving lives. Commit to doing!!!  Its the greatest feeling in the world to be the cause rather than the effect!

xoxo Dana

pet painting

(Nina Huang’s Papi) 

You don’t need to know me long to understand that there is a fur component to my family!  So, obviously, when I discovered Nina Huang’s animal paintings, my eyes opened wider!  Nina is a Harvard-educated scholar, and inspired in part by the Artist’s Way, among her many influences, she decided to pursue life as a professional painter and artist.  Her story is beautiful, her work is fabulous…and she does custom pet portraits! I am already dreaming of them for Bob & G in our next home!!!  Nina’s story & her work may inspire you to not only expand your connection to the animal kingdom but, also, to pursue your own art with passion!  Continue Reading…

bird feeder

To bring the tweeting sounds of nature to your backyard or patio, hang a bird feeder!   I happen to love this hand-woven wire feeder from Etsy that loks more like a postmodern sculpture than a birdhouse…and the birds seem to dig it, too.   You’ll be drawing nature close to home, and that to me is a beautiful thing!

This fast suggestion to implement will take a bit of research on your part to get it right and not encourage the wrong visitors to your home! The Cornell Lab of Ornithology explains what to put in your bird feeders right here.  Take a peek, because you probably want to discourage squirrels and raccoons who try to steal all the food! Also, mixing cayenne pepper into birdseed might help to deter the squirrels & raccoons, but not the birds.

One note on this: if you live in a building. be sure your neighbors are OK with your bird-feeding.  What is music to your ears could be heard as disruptive by your neighbors if they aren’t on the same page! xoxo Dana

Perks of Pets Infographic

I always knew that my little puppy made my life better- but I didn’t realize how much he could save my life! This info-graphic from Masters In Healthcare is amazing!

But, then again, so is Bob!

Adopt a pet! Get them health insurance- its affordable and life-saving!  Take more walks. Love your animal. You will never regret it!!! xoxo Dana

(you can get your very own Macquarium HERE!)

Fish are traditionally thought to be symbols of prosperity and abundance in feng shui.  In my experience, fish are symbolic of grace and ease and add tremendous life force to a space.  Fish create a sense of moving water even though their bowls are still.  The element of water sings in a space that has an aquarium or fish tank.  That water element helps you stay in touch with your emotional core, helps you to flow, germinates new cycles of action and ideas…. Plus, fish are just lovely!  Its a win-win-win!

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puppy

(Bob is really human, but for our purposes today we’ll call him a pet!!!)

There are endless ways pets can significantly make your life better.  Pets are key to survival and thriving.  I can not think of a single living being that would not benefit from a pet, even a hermit crab or a Betta fish!   Chris Rock the Betta fish was the start of it all for me.  I had an insanely high-stress job and I would literally hold Chris Rock’s bowl when I thought I would melt down.  He was a champ.  Another Betta followed… and then, one day, unexpectedly, I saw Bob and took him home.  He has literally saved my life in several very real ways, and started me on my quest to bring you the feng shui of feathers & fur— Pet Shui!!!   Continue Reading…

green smoothies for dogs

Inspired by Victoria Boutenko and her incredible books on nutrition and green smoothies, I had to share with you what I learned about the importance of green smoothies and share a few ridiculously cool puppy and kitty green smoothie recipes. Yep, your furry friends cant go green, too.  Thanks to the Boutenko’s I’m converting the household- puppies included- to constant green smoothies! Continue Reading…

these little boys LOVE cake!

Cooking brings us closer to the ones we love, and that applies to our furry friends as well!  This almond-butter cake takes about two minutes to prepare before baking, and my little dogs go nuts over it!  Its about as nutritious as basic dog treat, but, unlike those biscuits, you…and your guests… can eat it and truly enjoy it!  Rarely do the puppies get to this cake before humans have eaten half of it, straight from the often. Bonus: its gluten & grain free! Continue Reading…